BY DONNA FREYDKIN
We've met Cate Blanchett. And she's even cooler in person than you'd expect.
Of course, that doesn't surprise her longtime makeup artist, Jeanine Lobell.
"Her thing is, just make it fun. Let's just have fun. Let's play with pretty dresses and colors and hairdos. There's never a moment of, 'I have to have this!' There's no panic. She wants to have a good time. That's the healthiest attitude to have," says Lobell.
The two have been a power couple since Blanchett's breakthrough film, 1997's "Oscar and Lucinda." Lobell is the godmother of Blanchett's second son (Blanchett has three boys and one daughter), she says, "so I would say we're pretty tight. He's my guy."
The two-time Oscar winner (who also has won BAFTAs, Golden Globes and Australian Academy Awards, among her many professional achievements) is also the face of the skincare brand SK: II.
"It's totally 100 percent genuine. For her, she uses it. She loves it. She uses the mask. She came up with that midday essence. She wanted to have the essence on during a long press day. They made it into the spray," says Lobell.
Another favorite: Nars Audacious lipsticks.
Getting Blanchett red-carpet ready means keeping her frock at the forefront. She's worn Givenchy, Chanel, Armani Prive and Marc Jacobs -- and likes to shake things up with designers and styles.
"It's all about the dress. Whatever dress gets picked, it gets mapped out. You want to tell a story and have some excitement. She's a fashion icon. You have those conversations. I like to keep things a little more classic. I don't like to see big glittery eyes," says Lobell.
It helps that Blanchett is basically perfect. And we can't wait to see what she'll wear to this year's Oscars; she's got another best actress nomination for "Carol."
"With her, there's nothing to fix. Her skin is gorgeous. She has a full mouth. Big eyes. You can do whatever you want. I tend to love the big eyes, focusing on the eyes. If you're going to do a bold mouth, you keep the eye a little cleaner. If you do a smoky eye, you don't want a plum mouth," says Lobell. "She has that sick skin. It's porcelain. It's hard to mess anything up. It's such a neutral slate. Any color will work with that."